Back in 2009 when Full Inclusion was passed I bought a new Excalibur Exocet 200 crossbow. I shoot it occasionally for target & never hunted with it. It's papers says it rated 330 fps. I see Excalibur discontinued the Exocet 200 in 2014. I'm thinking of crossbow hunting next season. Any thoughts with all the major improvements to the crossbow....should I consider upgrading. Also...will Excal still have Exocet 200 parts now that it's been discontinued?
Appreciate any input/thoughts!!
I had the same X bow. As far as I know there are still parts available for all of heir X bows. If you go on the Excalibur web site they have a customer service number. I have used the number in the past as 2 of my x bows are Excalibur's , and they are very helpful . The only reason I upgraded was to get one that was faster and one that I was able to use in a ground blind . I went with Excalibur because there is little that can go wrong with the bow as compared to other brands. When I'm hunting I take a extra string with me just n case it were to break , which has never happened.
Your Exocet should still serve you well if it suits your style of hunting. The major differences between what you have and the newest models is the newer ones have a better trigger and narrower limbs, plus an anti dry fire mech. Other than that the design is basically the same. The narrow limbs of the new models have obvious advantages, but along with that have come some reliability problems. Customer service is excellent.
Old Excaliburs - wide, loud, easy maintenance, and not so fast. But bulletproof and easy to cock.
New Excaliburs - still pretty wide, still loud, easy maintenance, and faster. But not so bulletproof and a bear to cock.
Personally, if you don't mind the slower speed of the Exocet, and have no strong desire to upgrade, I would stick with it.
Thanks much guys for your fine input!! Sorta leaning towards giving it a year in the woods this next season. I did add the Excalibur S5 String Shock Sound Suppression System which did reduce the noise a lot. It seems to be built like a tank.
How long have you had your Exocet 200 & what broadheads do you like??
I am thinking about 4 or 5 years, I think. I bought it for my son and that was his first buck with it. he is shooting rage BH's, not sure which one's, I will ask him and see. he shot it at 30 yards and the deer went about 40 yards, complete pass through and I have never seen a blood trail like that, unbelievable!